MSU Roundup: Football Up to #12

Midwestern State jumped ahead three spots to No. 12 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday morning.
The Mustangs matched the best start in school history at 6-0 after thumping Lone Star Conference foe Angelo State 68-20 Saturday night at San Angelo Stadium.
The national ranking is the highest since MSU was 8th in the AFCA poll of Oct. 4, 2010.
Midwestern State is one of 11 teams from NCAA Division II's Super Region 4 to receive mention in the poll which includes five teams from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, three from the LSC, one from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, one from the Great American Conference and an independent.
The region boasts seven ranked squads including No. 3 Washburn (Kan.), No. 4 Pittsburg State (Kan.), No. 6 Northwest Missouri, No. 9 Abilene Christian (Texas), No. 12 MSU, No. 15 Humboldt State (Calif.) and No. 24 West Texas A&M while Central Missouri, Southwest Baptist (Mo.), East Central (Okla.) and Missouri Western.
Midwestern State plays host to Abilene Christian during Homecoming Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

Midwestern to Induct Four in Hall of Honor

The Midwestern State Athletic Department announced the 2011 Hall of Honor class Friday afternoon.
The class includes former men's basketball standout Gene McKibben (1952-54), women's athletics pioneer Marion Higgins Anson-Prchal (1971-76), former women's basketball standout Mindy Myers Flowers (1990-94) and former men's tennis star Michael Mills (1999-02).
Ceremonies are set for halftime MSU's Homecoming football game against Abilene Christian Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

#14 Womens Golf Two Strokes Off Lead at DBU Classic

Freshman Brenna Moore fired an even-par 70 to stand second individually and help place the 14th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs in third as team after one round of the Dallas Baptist University Classic at the Golf Club of Dallas.
Moore, the true freshman from Burkburnett, toured the par 70, 5865-yar circuit with a 34 on the front nine and followed it with a 36 on the backside for an even-par 70.
She is one stroke behind Grand Valley State's Sarah Hoffman who shot a one-under 69 for the lead after the opening round.  Texas A&M-Commerce's Chantry McMahan is a stroke back at one-over 71 in third with Tarleton State's Katy Ward in fourth at two-over 72.
Moore's outstanding round was the lead in Midwestern's 300 total for the round to stand just two strokes behind No. 5 Grand Valley State at 298 and one behind No. 6 St. Edward's at 299.  MSU stands two strokes better than host No. 28 Dallas Baptist at 303, and five in front of 30th ranked West Texas A&M and NAIA No. 15 Lubbock Christian at 305.
The tournament features nine top 30 teams in the field of 16.
The Mustangs got a great round from Lauren Romines as well.  The junior from Callisburg is in the top 20 at the break after a five-over 75 that's good for a tie at 17th.
Kendra Whittley posted a seven-over 77 for MSU, with Taylor Klutts and Lindsay Burkhart adding eight-over 78s.
Making her collegiate debut while playing as an individual, Petrolia's Brittany Smith tallied a six-over 76 for the Mustangs.
The final round is Tuesday.

Mens Golf Second at Suspended MGA Regional Preview

The Midwestern State Mustangs sit second after the first round of the Missouri Golf Association Regional Preview at the par 72, 7112 yard Jefferson City Country Club.
Led by sophomore Jeremy LeGuen's one-under-par 71, the Mustangs posted a first round six-over 294, six strokes behind St. Edward's who put up an even-par 288.  Central Oklahoma is two strokes back at 296 with Central Missouri and Washburn (Kan.) in fourth at 298.
LeGuen is in a fourth place tie after the opening 18.
"We played hard and smart on a golf course that forces you to make decisions," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray.  "Because this is a regional preview, the field is strong and diverse.  That's good for our kids."
But it was the weather that caused problems on Monday.  A dangerous weather delay during the first 18 caused the second round to be suspended when it became to dark to continue.
"We were playing very well until the weather delay," Ray said.  "Then we struggled a bit with the wind, and the wet and chilly conditions."
Starting the round on the 10th tee, LeGuen carded three bogeys on the back side before finishing that nine with a birdie.  But that bird started a chain reaction as he turned to the front side, where LeGuen fired four more to drop to two-under.  But a bogey on the ninth hole, his final one, placed him at 71.
"Jeremy was in control of the ball most of the day," Ray said.  "He hit a lot of fairways and kept it in play."
Junior Sam Smith is tied for 10th after one round, recording a one-over 73.  Senior Trevor Arianna and junior Raine Copeland are tied for 20th, both with a three-over 75.  Freshman Derek Oland added 80 for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs had played 11 holes in the second round when play was suspended.  The round will resume Tuesday at 9 a.m., with the final round to follow.